Among Texas’ top 2023 NFL Draft prospects is one of the most intriguing players of the entire class. Here are the scouting reports for the top Texas prospects, of which as many as five could be selected during the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City.
Texas 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Anthony Cook, S
Strengths: Hard-hitting safety with solid instincts. Quickly diagnoses plays, fires up the field, and works hard to get involved in the action. Aggressive, displays a closing burst, and plays physical football.
Weaknesses: Possesses marginal ball skills and loses his man in coverage. Late recognizing assignments in zone. Never intercepted a pass in five years of college ball.
Overall: Cook possesses solid size, yet he shows a one-dimensional game and does not come with much upside.
Bijan Robinson, RB
Strengths: Gifted ball carrier who is also exceptional as a pass catcher. Smooth, runs with incredible balance, and possesses outstanding vision. Instinctive, finds the running lanes, and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Makes himself skinny to get through tight openings, quickly cuts back against the grain, and effectively uses blocks. Displays sensational short-area quickness, has a compact jump-cut move, and makes defenders miss or leaves them grasping at air.
Deceptively fast, creates yardage, and strings multiple moves together over the course of a single run. Occasionally lined up in the slot as a pass catcher, gets downfield, and lays out or extends to come away with the difficult grab. Possesses tremendous eye/hand coordination as well as soft hands. Protects the football. Effective blocker who chips defenders as he’s exiting the backfield into pass routes.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t move the pile. Cannot run to daylight. Isn’t a true perimeter ball carrier.
Overall: Robinson was very productive for Texas from the moment he stepped onto the field as a freshman. He grades as a top-five prospect in this draft, and Robinson is a versatile back with a complete game who can play for a variety of offensive schemes.
Want more information on Robinson? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas | NFL Draft Scouting Report
D’Shawn Jamison, CB
Strengths: Athletic cornerback who is quick transitioning with opponents off the line, stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, and gets a hand in to knock away passes. Effectively reads or anticipates the action, works with safeties to bracket receivers over the middle of the field, and fights hard to make plays. Plays heads-up football. Shows terrific technique in shedding blocks.
Weaknesses: Prefers to side shuffle downfield, which hurts his ability to drive to the throw. Gives up a lot of underneath receptions. Does a lot of trailing downfield. Faceguards and is slow getting his head back around. Coming off a disappointing season.
Overall: Jamison has been a productive corner at Texas, but he comes off a slightly disappointing season and went from potential late-round choice to undrafted free agent. He has enough ability to make a roster as a dime back, but he must get his game back on track.
DeMarvion Overshown, LB
Strengths: Vicious defender who goes after opponents with full force. Athletic, fast in pursuit, and easily changes direction. Quickly gets out to the flanks to make plays, plays effectively in space, and fires upfield to defend the run. Stays with coverage assignments, breaks down well, and uses his hands to protect himself.
Effectively diagnoses plays and flows well to the action. Takes proper angles and has a closing burst. Squares into ball handlers. Made a lot of plays on coverage units early in his Texas career.
Weaknesses: Not fluid pedaling in reverse and needs to improve his footwork in coverage. Must develop more moves getting off blocks.
Overall: Overshown was a productive linebacker at Texas who displayed terrific progress in his game over the past two years. He’s athletic, comes with an upside, and offers scheme versatility.
Want more information on Overshown? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Jahleel Billingsley, TE
Strengths: Once highly rated tight end who is athletic, easily moves around the field, and quickly gets downfield into pass routes. Tracks the pass in the air, adjusts to the throw, and extends to grab the errant ball out of the air. Displays good eye/hand coordination and, for the most part, snatches the ball away from his frame.
Uses his frame to shield away defenders or protect the pass and displays focus as well as concentration. Fluid and plays to his 40 time. Fast laterally and effective on crossing patterns. Bends his knees as a blocker and gets leverage on opponents.
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Weaknesses: Has a thin frame and limited strength. Inconsequential as a blocker. Served a six-game suspension last season that was a holdover from his days at Alabama. Caught just three passes last year and never had great production at Alabama.
Overall: Billingsley is an athletic prospect who plays the tight end position more like a possession wideout. He looked like a prospect with big-time potential in 2021, but he was a nonfactor last season. Billingsley is a tweener, as he lacks size for the tight end position and true downfield speed for a wideout. He needs a lot more work on his game and must get back to where he was two years ago, but he should be given consideration as a move tight end.
Keondre Coburn, DT
Strengths: Quick, explosive defensive tackle with outstanding size. Fires off the snap with a quick first step, consistently gets leverage on opponents, and is tough to knock off the point.
Immediately gets his hands up, easily changes direction, and gets down the line of scrimmage or outside the box to make plays. Moves well around the field, possesses a burst of closing speed, and flashes power in his lower body. Attracts a lot of double-team blocks.
Weaknesses: Tied up at the point by a single blocker too often. Marginally productive and ineffective as a pass rusher.
Overall: Coburn is a wide-bodied defensive tackle with above-average athleticism and movement skills. His game never progressed the way I thought possible since his sophomore season, and he’s disappointed scouts in a lot of ways. Coburn comes with terrific upside and scheme versatility, but he must quickly elevate his game and play to the level scouts believe he can.
Want more information on Coburn? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Keondre Coburn, DT, Texas | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Moro Ojomo, DT
Strengths: Quick, athletic defensive tackle who gets the most from his ability. Fires off the snap, plays with proper pad level, and penetrates gaps. Immediately alters his angle of attack pursuing plays. Resilient, effectively uses his hands, and stays with assignments. Gets out into space to make plays and shows ability in pursuit.
Weaknesses: Tied up at the point by a single blocker. Average pass rusher. Must develop more moves to disengage from blocks.
Overall: Ojomo is an athletic prospect with outstanding intellect and a high-revving motor. He offers possibilities as a tackle in a four-man front and can also play in certain two-gap systems. Ojomo needs to get a little stronger, but he comes with upside.
Want more information on Ojomo? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas | NFL Draft Scouting Report
Roschon Johnson, RB
Strengths: Large, powerful ball carrier with a complete game. Displays outstanding vision, keeps his feet moving, and consistently runs north/south. Possesses a solid burst for a big man, runs with authority, and rarely gets brought down by a single defender. Has an aggressive style and punishes defenders, lowering his pads and driving through tackles.
Outstanding short-yardage ball carrier. Displays outstanding vision and awareness carrying the ball. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame and exposes himself to the big hit in order to come away with the catch. Remains disciplined with blocking assignments and does a terrific job squaring into defenders and taking them from the action.
Weaknesses: Not a perimeter runner. Loses momentum cutting back against the grain or altering the angle of runs. Not going to beat defenders into the open field or run to daylight.
Overall: Johnson is a throwback of sorts and a tremendous short-yardage runner who can catch the ball out of the backfield or effectively block when necessary. He’s NFL-ready with the physical skills and instincts to line up in the backfield as a rookie in the NFL.
Want more information on Johnson? Here’s our expanded scouting report and draft profile: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas | NFL Draft Scouting Report
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